The streaming service HiDive announced that the fantasy anime ‘Helck’ will have its North American debut at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles and will add the series to its growing library. The animated show is directed by Tatsuo Sato and produced by Satelight.
“Anime streaming service HIDIVE, in partnership with Nippon TV, revealed today its plans for the North American premiere of Episodes 1 & 2 of new action-fantasy series HELCK at Anime Expo 2023 next month. The screening of HELCK will be presented in English subtitles and take place on Saturday, July 1 in the Platinum Ballroom at the JW Marriott. Earlier this year, HIDIVE announced its acquisition of HELCK, which is based on the popular shōnen manga written and illustrated by Nanaki Nanao. The new series will debut after Anime Expo as part of HIDIVE’s Summer 2023 Simulcast Season,” they said on their website.
‘Helck’ was released by the Japanese publisher Shogakukan in their ‘Ura Sunday MangaONE’ magazine in 2017. Viz Media acquired the license to release the manga collections in the United States.
You can watch the trailer below:
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“It has been three months since the Demon Lord was defeated by a lone human hero. While the humans celebrated their victory, the Demon realm quickly organized a tournament to choose their next Lord. One peculiar contestant quickly rising up through the tournament is a human hero named Helck, who claims to hate his own kind. Vermilio the Red, one of the Elite Four Demons overseeing the tournament, immediately suspects Helck of being a saboteur and tries to rig the following matches into games of skill, but Helck continues to win. Vermilio soon finds out that Helck is a wanted criminal in the human world, suspected of killing his brother, who happens to be the legendary hero Cress, the one who killed the Demon Lord. Vermilio still wants to know, what is Helck’s true motivation for entering the tournament? What happened in the human world over the past three months? And what are these mysterious winged soldiers now threatening the Demon realm in place of the humans?”
Nanao wrote two spin-offs including ‘Piwi: Fushigi na Ikimono’ and the prequel ‘Völundio: Divergent Sword Saga.’
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